The urge for less baseball continues. Whether in Chicoutimi, Jonquière, Saint-Honoré or Alma, all organizations show an increase compared to last year, or even a record number of registrations. For the whole region, everything indicates that the line of 1000 players will be reached.
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean baseball president Kévin Gauthier indicated that currently 997 young people are registered at the regional level, and some registrations are still in progress, as the period ending April 30 has been extended in some places. According to the available data, “this is a record since the early 2000s. We had reached 960 in 2019, reduced to 840 by the year of the pandemic in 2020 and mania is there this year,” President Gauthier wrote in an email, and highlights a significant increase for the organizations Jonquière, Alma and Saint-Honoré.
Plate and Jonquière
In Jonquière, the president of the smaller baseball organization (OBMJ) is Frédéric Truchon in heaven. No less than 371 young people registered in the various categories, including 112 in Rally Cap (4 to 7 years). “It’s a record!”, Emphasizes the President with enthusiasm. In 2019, the old record was 345 registrations. In Atom and Mosquito, there are 80 players in each category. In peewee we have 60 players, in addition to the eight who went to play in AA. In bantam dwarf it is more complicated. In the dwarf we have 16 registrations. We will try to increase it to 22 to form two teams, President Truchon continues. He encouraged young people to invite their friends to join them, and the organization is also considering contacting Saint-Honoré to find a few players who may be interested.
On the women’s side, OBMJ has about ten players in different calibers, but it is not enough in the same category to form a team. In addition, they prefer to play on men’s teams instead of together.
What does this mane explain to baseball? “I think it’s because the children did not play organized winter sports. There is excitement, he says. Maybe the parents will live in the regions more this summer than travel, so it is easier to register the young boy for the summer. ”
Truchon noted clear improvements regarding the installations. “Two or three years ago, the country was pitiful in Jonquière, but things have improved there, and the city is making an effort to help us. With the number of registrations we have, it will be enough, but it is certain that it will be complicated in the evenings. We will have to put practice one after the other, he believes.
When it comes to buses, mosquitoes and urinals do well, but in the atom there is a certain lack of inheritance. The need for judging is still present, but the organization has given courses to young people in sports studies and five or six have expressed their interest in judging this summer.
in Saint-Honoré as well
In Saint-Honoré, the Minor Baseball Association saw its old record darken. “Our old record was 117 young people, and we are currently at 150,” said President Billy Bilodeau. We have 43 young people in Rally Cap. This is also a record because last year we had 28. “
The women’s section is also doing very well with around twenty players except those from Rallye Cap. “Only in the mosquito we have 12. We tried to make a girls team, but they want to play with the boys.”
Registration closes on Saturday, but it is possible to add a few players in certain categories. “We can put them on waiting lists or redirect them to Chicoutimi. The goal is for everyone to play baseball, ”argues the president.
Chicoutimi on the way up
The Chicoutimi Minor Baseball Association is also buzzing with 215 registrations this year compared to 182 last year. Although this is a significant increase, it is not a record, notes President Maryse Prévost. “Two years ago, in 2019, there were 239 registered. We had a large COVID effect last year, and we lost 25% of our customers. We went to look for new ones who tried it one summer, to see something different. Some continued, others did not. ”
Health rules currently make some parents hesitate. “At the moment, when we do our training camps, it is mandatory to wear a mask. “Unfortunately, there are some who hold them back, but there are others who started last year, who are back this year and who are happy to play,” said Prévost.
On the other hand, it underscores an increase in Rally Cap, from 52 last year to 62 players aged 4 to 7 this summer. There are also 25 girls divided into different categories. The largest group is in the age group 9-11 with seven, but it is not enough to form a women’s team. “So it may go to next year,” the president states.
Finally, the registration period has been extended to 12 May. The organization still receives many questions from parents on its Facebook page and does not want to deny any young people.